Arsenal’s chances of ending their near 9 year drought without a trophy is looking slimmer as they have now been knocked out of the Champions League 2014 by the defending champions Bayern Munich. Last night, the Gunners travelled to Munich to the Allianz Arena with the hope that they could win the game by at least two goals in order to stay in the competition. The English side lost the first leg against Bayern Munich at the Emirates when the Arsenal goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczęsny got himself sent off and therefore Arsenal needed a victory last night.
The first leg was lost 2-0 which meant that Arsene Wenger’s men needed a two goal victory to take the match to extra-time. However when Bayern Munich scored the first goal in the second leg, it was highly unlikely Arsenal would make a comeback. Nevertheless, Lukas Podolski scored an impressive equaliser to give his team a glimmer of hope, yet that wasn’t enough to spur on the players as they ended up losing 3-1 on aggregate and getting knocked out of the Champions League 2014. To add salt to the wound, Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Özil picked up a hamstring injury during the game.
In the first leg between the two teams, Bayern Munich were awarded a penalty and they were also awarded one again last night, both of which they missed. Arjen Robben earned last night’s penalty and got Arsenal’s goalkeeper sent off in the first leg and Arsene Wenger made his thoughts on the player very clear. The Arsenal manager commented after being eliminated from the Champions League 2014, “Robben is very good at getting the maximum of nothing. He is a great player and a very good diver. He gets in front of a player and then he slows down and goes down. He gets the free-kicks.”
The only English team that look like they could make it into the quarter-finals of the Champions League 2014 is Chelsea, as they are not losing on aggregate. Tonight, Manchester City have the difficult task of defeating Barcelona at the Nou Camp by 2 goals or more as they are losing 2-0 on aggregate. Manchester United also have a two goal deficit against Olympiakos, but have the advantage of playing the second leg at Old Trafford. Chelsea, on the other hand, are in a good position, drawing to Galatasaray 1-1 on aggregate and hosting the second leg at Stamford Bridge.
Author Daniel Foster.
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